Architectural Decoration: Negotiating symbols across time and place

by Designing Cultures Studio, Nanyang Technological University

In a new age of digital-books, this publication offers a neat analogue take on scrolling through a flowing roll of texts. With a stunning array of 225 bamboo strips measuring 4.35 meters in total scroll length, interpretations are given to images that have been archived from three temples in Singapore, built between the 19th and 20th century, as they are given symbolic readings. As a limited-edition collection, it is designed in the form of ancient Chinese palatial scrolls, to elicit the vibes of cultural imageries, as might have been similar visceral experiences felt then, in rituals of reading and pursuits of all things cultural and meaningfully endearing.


Silver in Book Design 2018

Created by:

Design Director

Jesvin Yeo

Design Company

Designing Cultures Studio, Nanyang Technological University


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Design Team

Charissa Ho, Wong Weiloong

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Entrant Companies

Designing Cultures Studio, SG
Nanyang Technological University, SG

Individual Credits

Design Director: Jesvin Yeo, Designing Cultures Studio, Nanyang Technological University
Illustrator: Charissa Ho, Designing Cultures Studio
Design Researcher: Wong Wei Loong , Designing Cultures Studio